The world of vacuum cleaners has come a long way from the nascent broom and stick days. Today, we have powerful vacuum cleaners that do a thorough job with little effort, so cleaning doesn't get easier than this.
One of the leading companies in the world of advanced vacuum cleaners is Dyson. They bring years of experience and tons of expertise in their products to make them highly useful for you.
In this article, we will be reviewing two of Dyson's product lineups that are right at the top of their list. And they are Dyson v8 and Dyson v10 Absolute. Both these cleaners come loaded with features that are sure to make them easy to use and, at the same time, give a thorough clean.
But which of the two is better and which should you buy? Read on to find out.
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Dyson v8 vs. Dyson v10 – A Comparison
Dyson v8 and v10 are great products that offer a ton of features for you. But if you have to choose between them, how can you decide?
We are comparing these two products based on different parameters, so you can decide which of the two is better based on the parameters that matter the most to you.
One of the first aspects that you see in any product is design, and this parameter also creates an impression on you. In other words, when you visit a product with a design that's appealing to you, your decision is half-made. Since this is such an important aspect, we will see how the two vacuum cleaners fare.
First off, the design of both v8 and v10 are relatively similar. Since they are part of the same series, Dyson has not made many changes in design terms. They are about the same size and have the same clean aesthetics that we expect from Dyson.
These two vacuum cleaners have an on/off switch to power them. You have to hold the switch down for the vacuum cleaner to work; otherwise, it will stop running. This is a handy feature to have, especially to save battery life. With this option, your vacuum cleaner will not continue running when you take a break to attend a call or open the door.
Another useful feature available in both these vacuum cleaners is their design to alternate between a handheld vacuum and a stick vacuum. There is a quick-release latch that makes it easy to switch between the two to get a thorough clean. You can switch between them whenever you want, and this is not available in older models such as Dyson v6.
When you use the vacuum cleaners as stick vacuums, the wands act as an intermediary and connector between the cleaning head and canister. When you switch to the handheld mode, the cleaning area and tools snap directly into the canister, so it is ideal for cleaning upholstery and other objects.
This flexibility is perfect because you can use the same vacuum cleaner to clean your carpets as well as your upholstery. There is no need for a separate set of cleaners for each kind of cleaning.
Now that we have seen the similarities between the two products let's move on to their differences.
The most significant difference between the two products is in the dustbin and the cyclone system they use for cleaning. The cycles look a little raw in v8, but in v10, they have been changed to give a more streamlined look. As a result, the dustbin size is also more prominent in v10 compared to v8.
This might get you wondering. What in the world is cyclone design?
Cyclone design is a cleaning design patented by Dyson and is used in many of its advanced vacuum cleaners models. The main idea behind creating such a system is to increase the suction force so that the vacuum cleaner can get more dirt and dust off your floors and carpets.
In the case of v8 and v10, they both use a 15 cyclone system, but the way they have been designed in both the models is vastly different, making them look a little different.
When you take the Dyson v8 model, the cyclone system and dustbin are placed perpendicular to the wands and cleaning head. In other words, it creates a “T” shape, where the rod is the vertical part of the letter while the cyclone system and dustbin are the horizontal lines.
In v10, though, the cyclone system and dustbin are not kept perpendicular; instead, they are placed in a parallel position. This means there is no “T” shape, and rather it is a long single line.
The obvious advantage of such a design is that nothing is jutting out of the wand-like in v8, and the v10 model looks straight and streamlined. This model makes cleaning more manageable as you can quickly move the vacuum around and even use it in hard-to-reach areas. This is why the design of v10 is more conducive for a thorough clean when compared to v8.
Another difference in design between the two vacuum cleaners is their dimension. Though, in reality, the measurements do not impact the performance or usability of these cleaners in a way, it is still good to know that there is a difference.
The v10 model is about 2/10″ taller than v8 and is about0.15 lb heavier. Breaking it down, v8 has a height of 49″, length of 9.8″, depth of 8.8″, and weighs 5.75lbs. On the other hand, v10 has a height of 49.2″, length of 9.8″, depth of 10.1″, and weighs 5.9 lbs. This is definitely not a significant difference, but there s something different, and we want to bring it to your notice.
Now that we have seen the differences between the two models, which of the two is better? It is hard to say because the difference is not significant except for the cyclone system and dustbin position. But that position can significantly impact the cleaners' ability to reach corners and other hard-to-reach areas. This is why the winner in terms of design is v10. Though v8 is relatively similar in different aspects, we think the cyclone system position has a severe impact on performance, and based on this single factor alone, v10 is a better choice.
The next aspect that we will compare is the accessories that come with both products.
Like the design, both models are very close in terms of the accessories that come with each. There are only one or two differences that separate one from the other.
Dyson v8 comes with a wand, charger, wall mount, direct drive brush roll, fluffy brush roll, combination tool, crevice tool, dusting brush, and a mini motorized tool. Dyson v10, on the other hand, comes with a wand, charger, wall mount, torque drive brush roll, fluffy brush roll, combination tool, crevice tool, dusting brush, and a mini motorized tool.
The only difference in that list is that v8 comes with a direct drive brush roll, whereas v10 comes with a torque drive brush roll.
Now before moving on to other aspects, let's briefly understand what these different brush rolls do, so you can know how it might impact their cleaning performance.
Generally speaking, you get three types of cleaning heads: direct drive cleaning head, torque drive cleaning head, and fluffy cleaning head.
The direct-drive cleaning head is best used for vacuuming carpeted floors and is most helpful for collecting fine debris. The brush agitators in this cleaning head spin fast and suck the dust and debris from deep within the fibers of your carpet.
The torque drive cleaning head is similar to the direct-drive cleaning head. It is also suitable for collecting dust and dirt from carpets, but it also works well on hard surface floors. The direct-drive cleaning hand is not a good choice for hard surfaces, but torque is ideal for both carpeted and hard surfaces.
Finally, the fluffy cleaning head is a soft roller cleaning head that is mainly used for cleaning large debris from hard floors.
Out of these three, the fluffy cleaning head is available in both v8 and v10, so there is nothing much to choose from on that front.
When it comes to direct drive and torque drive cleaning heads, v8 has the former while v10 has the latter. So, if you have to clean both hard and carpeted floors often, torque head is your choice. On the other hand, if you think you'll mostly clean only carpeted floors with your vacuum cleaner, v10 is your choice. It just depends on your preferences and the areas that you have to clean.
Besides the cleaning heads, there are no other differences in the list of accessories available in both models.
If you plan to buy from Dyson.com, you can get all three cleaning heads, so you have the most incredible flexibility regardless of which model you choose. This flexibility takes a lot of decision-making off your shoulders, especially if you plan to base it only on the cleaning heads.
Before we end this session, let us briefly look at what the other accessories do to give you an idea of their usefulness:
- Charger – This accessory plugs into the wall outlet and charges your vacuum cleaner before you begin the cleaning cycles.
- Docking station – This accessory helps to attach the vacuum cleaner to the wall. It even gives you a choice to hang up your vacuum cleaner while it is getting charged.
- Extension wand – This accessory is most helpful in reaching high or hard-to-reach areas. It gives you a high amount of flexibility to clean every nook and corner of a place. Besides, you can use it to keep the vacuum cleaner in an upright position when you use it as a stick vacuum.
- Soft dusting brush – This accessory has soft bristles that dust and clean your furniture, blinds, and other objects on which dust can accumulate.
- Combination tool – This accessory combines as a dusting brush and a rigid hose, therefore justifying its name.
- Crevice tool – This is another quick release tool with an angled tip to reach small crevices in the room. Again, another device that is rightly called for the job it does.
- Mini motorized tool – This accessory is a motorized brush that spins in opposite directions from each other. This is a pair where one rotates in one direction and the other one in the opposite direction. The primary purpose of this tool is to collect fine particles such as pet hair. The best part is this accessory ensures that there is no tangling of hairs while you clean, and this makes it easy to remove the dustbin and clean easily.
Besides these accessories that come as a part of each vacuum cleaner, you can also choose between three additional accessories that you get at auto registration.
In v8, you can pick three tools from the following list:
- Extra mini soft dusting brush
- Replacement wand that comes in multiple colors such as yellow, titanium, pink and red
- Up-top adapter
- Mattress tool
- Dyson tool bag to keep all your tools in a single place
With v10, you can pick three free tools from the below options:
- Up-top adapter
- Soft dusting brush
- Mattress tool
- Dyson tool bag to keep all your tools in a single place
Now that we have seen all the accessories, it is time to decide which of the two is a winner in this category.
Both the products are winners because they come with a multitude of accessories that make these vacuum cleaners easy to use and, at the same time, provide a thorough clean of the surface. There is only one minor difference between the two. While v8 comes with the direct drive, v10 comes with a torque drive cleaning head. There is nothing much to compare between the two as each of these cleaning heads serves a different cleaning purpose.
The choice of which one to buy depends mainly on the surfaces you plan to clean using these vacuum cleaners. If you don't want to choose, you can even buy all three cleaning heads if that would work for you.
From a review perspective, both the vacuum cleaners are the same, and this is why we have two winners in this category.
Now comes an important aspect that has a significant impact on the outcome of your decision.
We tested both these vacuum cleaners across different surfaces to see which of the two performed better.
The first surface we tried was hardwood floors. We sprinkled a few items on a hardwood floor to see how well they picked them up. The things we sprinkled are rice, kitty litter, sugar, and cereal. When we tried v8, it picked everything thoroughly except the cereal. In fact, we think it picked only about half the cereal lying on the hardwood floor. V10, on the other hand, picked up all the items that were on the floor.
Based on this test, we conclude that v10 is the better vacuum cleaner on a hardwood floor when compared to v8.
The following surface that we tested was low pile carpets. We used the same four ingredients listed above. We threw them all over the floor and used both the vacuum cleaners to see which one performed better. To our surprise, we found that both the vacuum cleaners did a great job in cleaning this surface. All the items were cleaned thoroughly, with none remaining on the surface. This goes to show that both vacuum cleaners are a perfect choice when you clean low pile carpets.
The third surface that we tested was high pile carpets. The performance on this surface was also exceptional. As with the previous test, we threw rice, sugar, kitty litter, and cereal on the floor. We ran both the vacuum cleaners on them to see which performed better.
Out of the two, v10 picked up all the items thoroughly, while v8 left a few things behind. The difference is not significant, but v8 did not pick all the items 100%. The results were around the 90 to 95% mark.
Overall, the tests that we did show that v10 is slightly better when compared to v8, especially on hardwood floors. This difference in hardwood cleaning also has to do with the cleaning tool that v10 uses. Remember, we spoke earlier about the direct-drive and torque drive cleaning tools? That could make the difference.
We did not try using a torque tool on v8, so we do not know if that could have given the same result as v10. Maybe this is something for you to consider while making your decision.
But on low and high pile carpeting areas, the difference is hardly significant. Based on the test on the hardwood floor alone, we will go with v10 s the better product. As a user, if you don't have to clean hardwood floors, you can go with either one, and both will give you a thorough clean.
Dyson v8 vs. Dyson v10 – Final Verdict
Now it is time for the final verdict.
Based on the above discussion, we can say that both the products are pretty the same and there is not much difference between them in terms of design, accessories or performance.
That said, we think v10 slightly edges out v8 on two fronts. The first and probably the most significant difference between the two is their design. The streamlined design of v10 makes it look better and, at the same time, makes it more usable when compared to the perpendicular design of v8.
The other area is the hardwood floor cleaning. V10 performs better than v8 on this type of floor. But again, we have to give the benefit of the doubt to the cleaning head that is used in v10 when compared to v8. Maybe if we have torque cleaning head on v8, it might give the same result. But the fact that the cleaning head doesn't come as a part of v8's accessory list makes us lean more towards v10 than v8.
Due to these reasons, v10 is the winner in this comparison.